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Outrage grows in death of shooting teen

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Sanford, Florida (CNN) — Outrage over the killing of an unarmed Florida teenager rippled nationwide today as supporters planned more protests and a petition demanding the shooter’s arrest amassed nearly one million signatures.
Members of Trayvon Martin’s family plan to be among demonstrators in New York for a “Million Hoodie March,” a reference to the attire the 17-year-old was wearing when he was shot.
“A black person in a hoodie isn’t automatically suspicious. Let’s put an end to racial profiling,” the online protest page says.
More than 800 000 people have signed a petition on Change.org demanding the arrest of the shooter, George Zimmerman.
Martin was fatally shot February 26 while walking to the house of his father’s fiancee in Sanford, Florida, after a trip to a convenience store. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch leader, said he shot the teen in self-defense.
Zimmerman has not been arrested or charged in the killing of the black teenager.
A police report describes Zimmerman as a white male; his family says he is Hispanic.

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